Wednesday 21 February 2018

€100,000 for lawyer who helped jail Dwyer

Graham Dwyer
Graham Dwyer

Gordon Deegan

The lawyer who helped put Graham Dwyer behind bars for life for the murder of Elaine O'Hara received over €100,000 for his work on the case.

Sean Guerin SC received €101,726 for his work in securing Dwyer's murder conviction.

Mr Guerin patiently built up the State case during the 43-day trial over nine weeks culminating in him describing Dwyer as "a sadistic and brutal pervert with nothing on his mind other than murder" in his memorable closing speech.

Figures released by the DPP in response to a Freedom of Information request confirm it paid €237,749 to the three barristers on the State prosecution team for the trial, and court appearances relating to the case going back to October 2013.

Mr Guerin was supported by Anne-Marie Lawlor BL who received €67,130 and Sinead McGrath BL who received €68,137 - all figures include 23pc VAT.

Dwyer was represented by senior counsel, Remy Farrell SC, Ronan Kennedy BL and Kate McCormack BL along with solicitor, Jonathan Dunphy.

The barristers would have been paid the same rates as those on the DPP's legal team.

Mr Dunphy was paid through the criminal legal aid scheme - while the pay for the solicitor representing the DPP is not included as a salaried state employed solicitor.

Combined figures provided by the DPP and Department of Justice show Mr Guerin and Mr Farrell last year received a total of just over €465,993 for state work in the criminal courts.

Irish Independent

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